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06/14/2011 [Tue]

Oigawa Railway ― South Alps ABT Line to Ikawa - 2 [Kawanehoncho]

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After saying good-bye to the stunning beauty of Okuoi-kojo Station, I crossed the Rainbow Bridge and kept walking on the trail in the mountain. In 10 – 15 minutes or so, I stepped out of the pathway and another 10 minute walk along the roadway took me to a huge bridge leading to “Love Romance Road”. Here is an alternative. You can go directly along the roadway to the station, or you cross the bridge into another hiking trail with 8 suspension bridge ! I took the latter, of course.^^

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I, telling the truth, am not good at strolling in or along the mountain like this alone because I am so imaginative that I often dream up an idea that bears or man-eaters may come out of nowhere to attack on me. Actually, in all modesty, I often come across wild animals. Apart from my fancy dreaming, you’d better watch out for wasps ! Indeed, I had seen some of them on my way. Stay away quietly anyway if you happen to see them. The trail ended after about 40 minute walk and that is one of the major onsen hot spring resorts, Sessokyo Onsen !

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I crossed another huge bridge and went on to the station at the foot of the mountain. No one was there.

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Then a group of family came in and we talked each other. They were from Yokohama for sightseeing. I was meant to take the train for Ikawa, and they were for Senzu to take SL. They looked so happy to be there !

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The train came in 15 minutes. I took it to Ikawa, the terminal station of South Alps ABT Line. A train conductor was announcing tourist information along the railway. We turned our head to the right and left following his narration. When it stopped for us to see the spectacular view on the bridge of about 71m-high canyon, everybody exclaimed. Soon the train reached Ikawa Station. The humongous Ikawa Dam could be seen on its way.

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So, this is it. Because of this dam, Ikawa Line was opened all the way through mountains and Ikawa district was developed into a town. And thanks to these dams in Oi River including Nagashima Dam I mentioned last time, we have hardly had water-shortage or electricity-shortage around Oi River. Maybe we should feel more grateful for the early pioneers.
Ikawa, the gateway to South Alps Mountains, is very popular among hikers and climbers. If you are trying, be sure to plan carefully beforehand and enjoy yourself !

Next time, I’ll introduce Sumatakyo Onsen resort and a Japanese Inn.

Have a good day !

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English blog website for events & sightseeing. Always with you ! ^^



Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 10:37 Permanent Link

05/06/2011 [Fri]

Hiking trail around Rengeji-ike Park [Fujieda]

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So, how was “Fuji Matsuri” the wisteria festival in Fujieda ? I enjoyed it very much and because I had been still vigorous enough, I tried to hike up a hill behind the pond. I was not so sure of my stamina, though, it’s not Mt. Fuji, right ? With pet-bottled tea, here we go !
In ten minutes, I was gasping after all. ^^; Good sloping trail. But there, I found something. Fuji-no Sato Wisteria Garden ! Fabulous scent came on the wind. It would be in full bloom by now.
Along the pathway, I saw various flowers to let my brain refresh through eyes. Especially, colorful flowers in the picture fascinated me so much. Recognize that ? It's called Shakunage-no Michi, the rhododendron walkway.^^

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Now, it took me about 30 minutes to walk up to the top. Magnificent view ! Refreshing air. What else do you expect ? Not to mention Fujieda City, I could see the further city, Yaizu, Suruga Bay over it, and even Izu Peninsula beyond the sea ! Peace and quiet. That made me feel as if we had had the devastating earthquake long long time ago.
By the way, this is not merely a hill. This is well known as clustered ancient tombs in the shape of mounds. Actually, you can find 28 tomb mounds of 500s – 600s ! I walked though the mounds and found lots of azaleas. Honeybees were jubilantly sucking nectar in the flower. I sat on a bench in the Fujimi-daira observation deck. Sound of wind, scent of flowers, and this magnificent view. I wish I could have stopped the time.

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Now, it was time for me to go to Fujieda City History Museum. There, you can see unearthed articles researched and found from these tombs. Sounds fun ? ^^ Though Fuji Matsuri has already finished, I here attach a guide-map so that you can walk around Rengeji-ike Park with it. Wisteria is still good for now. Talking about white wisteria, "Shirafuji-no Sato", located in the north from Rengeji-ike Park, is having its best season for now. You can also hike up to Shirafuji-no Taki falls that looks like white wisterias. Enjoy yourself !

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So, I’m on my way to A from @ in the map. Next time, I’ll report the History Museum.

Have a good day !

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English blog website for events & sightseeing. Always with you ! ^^



Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 17:05 Permanent Link

04/23/2010 [Fri]

Historic Mountain, Kuno [Shizuoka]

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Taken away from Nihondaira, on my way to Mt. Kuno, I could do nothing but hold on to the handrail in the Gondola. Five-minute ride with Ms gondola-guide for the distance of 1065 meters between mountains. Carefully not to look down, I tried some pictures. See the magnificent panorama of Suruga Bay? It boasts as the deepest bay in Japan and accordingly is marvelously abundant in fishes that we can always enjoy them at dinner^^
Now, I’m getting to Mt. Kuno where a very famous man is believed to have been entombed at rest for about 400 years. Who is it? Read it through and find it out!


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This is the guideboard of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Recognize the tiny gondola in the map that took me here? You have choices to get here, to take the gondola as I did, or to climb up 1159 stairsteps all the way from the foot of the mountain. He is enshrined at the top of Toshogu. Go on to the next article ^^

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Be sure to purify yourself by washing your hands and mouth anytime you step in the site of Shinto shrines.

Each step is a little bit high. Please be careful in walking up or down the stairs.

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Now, this is the beauty of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. The man enshrined here said as his last word.

“Life is just like walking an unlimited way with a heavy load and you need not hurry. You never feel insufficiency if you only take it for granted. In case you want something, try to remember the old poor days. Mercy makes tranquility, anger causes adversary. You will get harmed as long as you don’t know how it is to be defeated. You blame yourself, not somebody else. Less is, in almost all cases, better than more.”

His name is Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Tycoon of Tokugawa Shogunate. He ended the Age of provincial wars to rule all of Japan and opened new political system, that is, the beginning of Edo Period. Ever heard of him? I’ll bet all JAPANESE know ^^v

You can read about the history of Kunozan Tosyogu Shrine through this Official Homepage.

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Now, let’s go up to the highest point of the Shrine. The left sided pic is the very mausoleum of Iyaesu Tokugawa. It is believed that his body was carried away to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, according to his will, one year after he was buried here, to be enshrined with the name “Tosho-Daigongen”, a kind of god. Now, is it true? Was his body really transferred after the period of one year? Or they moved just his soul, without his body? Various theories have been crossed each other but never reached to a confirmed conclusion so far. Wanna find it out? Go ahead ^^

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Japanese like to wish something with coins. Some throw coins to the water, others put them on the stone. Here, I came across a unique wishing form, I would call, “a wishing tree”. See many silver-like spots on the tree in the right-sided picture? This tree is worshipped as a “Money Tree” and people put, actually thrust coins into the huge but pitiful tree. I also tried it for writing an article about this, only to drop the coin to the ground because the bark of tree was too hard!
Who is next to try to stick to it?

Information about Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ※As of April 18, 2010
Access
From Nihondaira・・・5 minutes by Nihondaira Ropeway
From JR Shizuoka Station・・・40 minutes by Shizutetsu Justline
From JR Shimizu Station・・・40 minutes by Shizutetsu Justline
Admission ¥500 (or ¥800 with museum) for adults / ¥200 (or ¥300) for children
Nihondaira Ropeway
¥550 for one-way / ¥1,000 for round-trip


“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English blog website for events & sightseeing. Always with you ! ^^


Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 11:00 Permanent Link

Exquisite world of Nihondaira [Shizuoka]

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My first report shall be begun with my favorite and adorable place, I presume.
That is "Nihondaira", once chosen as the first-rate sightseeing spot out of the best 100 sites in Japan.
With the blessing of gods and goddesses, it was so beautiful when I visited there. No wonder I felt so happy and refreshed standing on its top.
Now let me show you some pics so that you can know about Nihondaira visually for yourself.


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First picture is the one taken in front of the gate to the observation deck. See many cars and a tour bus? The parking lot is wide enough but full of buses and cars for tourists every weekend. The building is a souvenir shop with a good restaurant that serves local specialties. Actually, there are three souvenir shops around of about the same size and you will need so much time to go see about all shops and restaurants. Behind the building are Nihondaira-digital-tower and three TV towers.

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Now, let’s go up to the observation deck. The most distinguished and outstanding viewpoint is it in the picture. Mt. Fuji and Shimizu Port! Can you recognize the parasol-like “cap cloud” on the top of Mt. Fuji? Perceptive and experienced early people found it would be rain when they saw such clouds. Is it scientifically proved? I don’t know precisely but actually it became rain that night. There are various kinds among cap clouds and I’ll tell you when I get these pics.
I wish I could show you the scenery from other viewpoints…then you could look over exclusive Shizuoka city and spectacular Suruga Bay…maybe next time ^^

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This is the central souvenir shop and restaurant, and also the gate of Nihondaira Ropeway. Do not care about the man enjoying coffee. Maybe he is in the midst of daydreaming. Leave it alone now. Okay, in front of the building, there are several small snack stands serving their original feast such as ice-cream with Wasabi, Shirasu whitebait or Green Tea - any of these are specialties of Shizuoka - , fresh strawberry juice - also very popular in Shizuoka - , and fried rice dumplings mixed with “Sakura shrimp”, the cherry-blossom-colored shrimp that the fishery industry is confined only to Suruga Bay. You can have even unique Green Tea “Taiyaki”, the fish-shaped snack stuffed with sweet bean-paste. I’ll show you all the local special goodies in Shizuoka as the Gourmet Feature Report someday.

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Now, time to leave Nihondaira for the next destination, Mt.Kuno. The gondola is coming to pick me up, though I’m no good at sitting or standing in the air.
Anyway, I’ll report all about Kuno next time.


Au revoir!



Nihondaira
Access : From JR Shizuoka Station : 40 minutes by bus / 25 minutes by taxi
Admission : Free

Shizuoka Guide is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you! ^^


Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 09:00 Permanent Link

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